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Robert Treadway: Remembering ‘accidental historian,’ hero and friend Calvert McCann

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Editor’s note: Photographer Calvert McCann, who chronicled Lexington’s civil rights movement, died Sunday at the age of 72. KyForward columnist Robert Treadway counted him not only a friend but a personal hero. Treadway has written several columns about McCann, one …

Robert Treadway: RIP John Cox – veteran,
trial lawyer, sports lover, unlit cigar thrower

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“First thing you do, hire John Cox as your co-counsel,” my senior law partner told me. We had a trial coming up in Powell County, in which our firm represented a local water district in an employment case. The trial …

Robert Treadway: Story of Will Lockett reminds us of MLK’s greatest contribution

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“Come here, I want to show you something,” the senior partner in my old law firm said. We were walking toward the Old Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington. At the time, it was still the courthouse, and we went …

Robert Treadway: As Breeders’ Cup nears, can’t help but think of ‘Gip,’ its first president

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As this year’s Breeders’ Cup weekend approaches (Nov. 1-2), I think back to my last memory of the Breeder’s Cup’s first president, the late C. Gibson Downing.   We were at flamboyant horseman Tom Gentry’s last sales party, in 1991. …

Robert Treadway: Bad history of bad health hits little too close to this Kentuckian’s home

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My cousin David was 10 years older than me. He was the cool member of the family. He came back from college in the 1960s with the first Beatles’ haircut in Lee County. He loved Elvis and the Shriners and …

Robert Treadway: Uncle Cecil strikes again, bemoans ‘amateur’ anti-voter fraud efforts

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“The folks who wrote that law never bought a vote in their lives, if they think it will stop election fraud,” Uncle Cecil told me this week. He was referring to the new North Carolina law, the one they refer …

Robert Treadway: McCann was witness
to poor peoples’ March on Washington

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As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s March on Washington, which in that hot summer of 1963 saw thousands of protestors of all races congregate in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., …

Robert Treadway: Paula Deen, the Supreme Court and race – Happy Fourth of July!

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As we celebrate our long Fourth of July weekend, we are presented with the strange spectacle of Paula Deen having been pilloried for making racially insensitive remarks, some decades ago, while the U.S. Supreme Court removed some of the protections …

Robert Treadway: Creason was to Kentucky what Cronkite was to America, and I miss him

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I miss Joe Creason. That’s why I was thrilled to pick up a used copy of Crossroads and Coffee Trees: A Legacy of Joe Creason, posthumously published by the Louisville Courier-Journal, for which Creason wrote for 33 years. The book …

Robert Treadway: Nobody asked me, but …
I am a Transy grad and here’s some advice

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Beleaguered Transylvania University President R. Owen Williams announced this week that he will step down after the 2013-14 academic year following the faculty’s vote of no confidence. The great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon used to occasionally begin a column with “Nobody …

Robert Treadway: Uncle Cecil and the art
and practice of vote buying in Eastern Ky.

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  I went to see Uncle Cecil, who had told me that he was about halfway through writing his treatise, The Art and Practice of Vote Buying in Eastern Kentucky: The Golden Age. He had gotten as far as the …

Robert Treadway: What if they had a Derby and only 3 horses showed up? It happened!

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For the 139th Kentucky Derby, 20 horses will vie for the blanket of roses at Churchill Downs, a number that surprises no one. In modern times, Derbies have gone off with 15-20 entries, with rare dips below that. But what …

Robert Treadway: Along with producing lifelong racing fan, Secretariat changed a life

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Forty years ago, Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby, setting a record that stands to this day. This past year, we saw the Maryland Racing Commission revise its time for the 1973 Preakness, which had been in dispute all of …

Robert Treadway: A hundred years ago, two longshots came in – a horse and a horse race

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  Last year, when I’ll Have Another paid $32.60 to win the Kentucky Derby, I was ecstatic that a longshot had won it, proving my adage that in racing, or in life, a longshot will occasionally come in. One hundred …

Robert Treadway: Not ‘great literature,’ but Les Morris’ youthful novel a lasting tribute

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  Telephone calls began early on that Sunday morning, Aug. 27, 2006, before the news reports. About 6 a.m. , Joe Johnson, my retired law partner, called to tell me that a plane had crashed on takeoff at Lexington’s Bluegrass …

Robert Treadway: Bob and John’s excellent
adventure, or memories from 1994 Derby

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The 1994 Kentucky Derby was one of the most dramatic Derbies ever, featuring an upset victory by Go for Gin over the heavy favorite Holy Bull, who would go on to become 3-year-old champion for that year. But on the …

Robert Treadway: ‘What is a chicken?’ and other humorous tales of law school survival

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Lawyers are natural storytellers, and nothing brings it out like talking about the first year of law school. That’s where you get the basics, the boot camp of law. You learn the building blocks of law, contracts, torts and the …

Robert Treadway: Kentucky’s James Bond paved way for blacks to get an education

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James Bond is a seminal figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. No, not that James Bond. Kentucky’s James Bond was not a spy, nor a movie star; however, he was one of the most important figures in the early …

Robert Treadway: Black History Month still relevant to keep memory of Civil Rights alive

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I was having lunch with an older political consultant, one of my mentors. He went back a long way and we got on the subject of Harry Sykes’ run for mayor of Lexington in 1971. He had been the first …

Robert Treadway: Earle Combs – ‘Kentucky Colonel’ of baseball, world-class gentleman

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  From time to time, one sees lists of someone’s opinion on who are Kentucky’s greatest athletes, and while each list is different, there are the usual candidates (Muhammad Ali, Dan Issel). One of those usual candidates used to be …